In Calgary and southern Alberta, the maximum collection potential of a panel is realized when it is oriented towards the south, and tilted to about a 45 degree angle. This angle also helps gravity keep your panels clear of snow in the winter months. For this reason, a flat roof usually requires special mounting systems to provide sufficient inclination. For structural reasons, a sloped roof usually has solar modules mounted parallel to the pitch of the roof. This means that a large, sloping, south face without any shade is the ideal spot to place an array of solar panels. Panels installed facing east or west can be expected to produce 20-30% less power, while panels oriented north, or whose direct sun is obstructed by shade, will lose even more collecting potential. While this can be offset by adding more modules to the system, the lowest cost per watt can only be achieved with smart array design and module orientation. Does your property have a sweet spot for solar? Apply to have your property evaluated and find out!